Getting off on the right foot is important in any relationship and that applies to bringing on a new member of your spa or massage practice team. Technically the human resources term for making employees feel “at home” and assimilating them into your business is onboarding. As an employer or manager, your responsibility is to ensure that new employees understand the policies and procedures of your establishment as well as their own duties, whether they on the front desk dealing with clients or part of the professional team providing massage therapies or skin treatments.

Initial chat

Depending on the size of your organization, you may be responsible for onboarding or the person who handles HR will. In either case, a successful onboarding process starts by having a conversation with the new hire to make the individual feel at home. The initial “chat” also provides the opportunity to talk about your spa or massage practice in terms of its mission, culture, values and goals for the organization.

Review information:

It’s helpful to provide each new employee with a packet of relevant information, even though you’ll want to walk them through each of the items to answer questions. That packet should include:

  • administration and benefit forms
  • company marketing materials
  • an organizational chart with names/responsibilities of each employee


During the onboarding process, you’ll also want to review including company sponsored training and education; community activities that your spa or massage practice supports; and other extracurricular activities such as off sites, if you have them.

As appropriate, address computer and security issues, such as the use of desktop computers (Will you allow employees to get onto the Internet for personal use, for example?) and mobile devices.  You may, for example, use cloud-based platform to handle appointments, retails and financial information. If so, you need to set policy on who can access that information and from what device.  If you allow employees to use their own mobile devices on the job under a Bring Your Own Device policy, you’ll want to be sure that they follow strict security protocol to ensure that your company information is not compromised by viruses or hackers.

Meet the team

Arrange for the new hire to meet the current team. You may hold a team meeting or lunch or provide time for your new employee to meet one-on-one with each of the current staff.  You may even assign one individual to take the new employee under his or her wing. In some cases, this can be a formal mentorship type arrangement or it may be more casual providing the new team member with a “buddy” to turn to with their questions.

Tour the facility

Take your new hire on the tour of your spa or massage practice pointing allowing them to ask questions about equipment, client changing rooms, retail section, break room and where to find materials and supplies.

Discuss the marketplace

Sometime during the onboarding process, have a discussion with your new hire about themarketplace, including trends and the local competitive environment. Since your team is a big part of your selling proposition, your new hires should understand their responsibility to help market your spa or massage practice in terms of their interaction with clients and prospects in person and on the phone,

Onboarding doesn’t stop with the initial conversations and meetings. Over the course of a new employee’s first three or so months, meet with them periodically to answer questions and give them an update on their progress. Such reviews are really important to make sure your new employees know they are on track or if they aren’t to provide tips to help them get there.